THE couple behind new beach huts planned for St Annes seafront will aim to emulate Lytham’s Park View play area in aiming to prevent any damage by vandals.
Stuart and Zoe Robertson have pledged that the proposed huts will be kept in good repair in the wake of claims by veteran former councillor Alderman Alfred Jealous that the huts would be ‘disastrous’ for St Annes and would not be patronised.
The Beach Terrace Cafe has also been gathering a petition against the huts, amid concerns that they would spoil the view from their premises as well as proving a magnet for vandals.
But Mr Robertson, who has applied for permission to site a total of 60 huts at four seafront sites said: “I believe technology and a will to combat mindless idiots has been the reason Park View has been transformed into such a success.”
“We believe the fact that we will be managing these huts, unlike in the past when they were left to rot, along with the terms of our licence agreement, which stipulate insurance is a must, along with modern advancements in technology. give us a strong armoury to combat the vandals that may propose a threat.”
Mr Robertson added that in a straw poll he carried out on the seafront, the huts plans received 100 per cent support from everyone he spoke to, including many business owners.